The scene of Cristiano Ronaldo, after he knelt on his knees with sadness on his face, summed up his career with Al-Nassr over the course of about four months, after he was eliminated from the semi-finals of the King of Saudi Arabia Football Cup yesterday, Monday.
Al-Nasr, which included Ronaldo in a huge deal and with a contract until 2025, lost 1-0 to ten players from Al-Wahda in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup, so that his hopes of winning a title depended on a fine line in light of his difficult position in the league.
Al-Nassr lost the local Super Cup in the semi-finals in January, and occupies second place in the league, three points behind Al-Ittihad, who has one deferred match and also outperforms it in direct confrontations, six rounds before the end.
Al-Nasr failed to score any goal for the third consecutive match in all competitions, while the last goal Ronaldo scored last month was during the 5-0 victory over Al-Adalah in the local league.
The annoyance seemed clear to Real Madrid’s historic scorer after the whistle at the end of the first half in front of Al-Wahda when he shouted at the benches of his team, but it was not clear why he objected or was angry.
The continued decline in Al-Nassr’s performance follows the dismissal of French coach Rudi Garcia and days before the 2-0 defeat against Al-Hilal at the Riyadh summit in the league, in a result that dealt a heavy blow to Ronaldo’s hopes of winning the title.
It was reported that Garcia’s disagreements with the players in the dressing room, in addition to the dissatisfaction of captain Ronaldo, who scored 11 goals in 11 league matches, about the plans and method of play were among the reasons for the separation of the two parties.
Neither the Al-Nasr administration nor Ronaldo himself was immune from criticism after the continued modest results and the failure to achieve any victory over direct competitors such as Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal and Al-Shabab.
Walid Al-Faraj said on his television program on MBC Action about Al-Nasr’s contract with Ronaldo, “I brought you, oh Abdel-Moeen, appoint me.
Al-Faraj stressed that Ronaldo also needs support from his colleagues, and said, “There is no player who can do anything on his own, even if he is Ronaldo.”
The journalist, Abdel Aziz Al-Muraisel, called on the Al-Nasr administration, headed by Musli Al-Muammar, to resign, due to its failure to achieve the aspirations of the fans. He also criticized the decision to dismiss Garcia in the middle of the season.
Al-Nasr, who won the league title for the last time in 2019, will now only have to think about winning the next six rounds, but even that will not be enough to be crowned, but it will also need Al-Ittihad to stumble on at least three occasions in seven remaining matches for the Jeddah pole. .
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